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New voyage of discovery for HM Bark Endeavour, the full-scale replica of Captain Cook’s ship

Andrew Fiddler outside HM Bark Endeavour Credit Ceri OakesAndrew Fiddler outside HM Bark Endeavour Credit Ceri Oakes

The replica of one of the most famous ships in the history of maritime exploration is being prepared for a new voyage along the North York Moors coast to Whitby.

In August a partnership led by Whitby businessman Andrew Fiddler purchased HM Bark Endeavour, one of only two full-scale replicas in the world of the ship commanded by explorer Captain James Cook for his voyage to Australia and New Zealand.

The partnership’s auction bid of £155,000 safeguarded the replica’s future as a North East visitor attraction, having beaten competing bids that could have seen the ship moved to Portsmouth, London or Dubai.  

Mr Fiddler now plans to spend nearly £750,000 refurbishing and repairing the 33-metre long Teesside-built ship and then relocating it next year from its current berth at Stockton-on-Tees to Whitby, where the original Endeavour was built in 1764.

The ship will remain in Stockton over winter to undergo extensive refurbishment and much-needed repairs. This will involve the huge logistical operation of moving the vessel from its current position on the river Tees and into a dry dock to enable the refurbishment programme to be carried out.

Mr Fiddler intends re-opening HM Bark Endeavour as an historic tourist attraction and centre of learning for schools and colleges, with the aid of product development and business support from the Coastal Communities Fund project being delivered by the North York Moors National Park Authority.

The arrival of the legendary tall ship in Whitby in 2018 will coincide with the 250th anniversary when Captain Cook first set sail from Plymouth on-board Endeavour to observe the transit of Venus at Tahiti, circumnavigate and chart New Zealand and chart the East coast of Australia.

Mr Fiddler comments: “To have secured one of the most distinctive and historic maritime attractions is fantastic particularly as I’ve had a lifelong passion for the sea.  Not only did I serve in the Royal Navy but I also participated in Endeavour ’90, a six-month circumnavigation of the globe which included visiting Dutch Harbour in the Aleutian Islands where Cook landed.

“Now we have to carefully work out a complex programme for sensitively refurbishing the ship so that once again HM Bark Endeavour can tell the story of life at sea in the 18th century.”

Catriona McLees, Head of Promotion and Tourism for the North York Moors National Park Authority adds: “We’re delighted to help support a project that has such a strong resonance with the National Park particularly with Cook’s early years being spent near Roseberry Topping and Great Ayton before he moved to Staithes and then onto Whitby where his maritime career began.  

“The ship will be a great draw for visitors and encourage them to make their own discoveries of the wonders along our coast.”

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Notes to editors:

This Coastal Communities Fund ‘Moor to Sea’ support programme is being delivered by the North York Moors National Park Authority on behalf of the North York Moors Rural Coastal Community Team.

The ‘Moor to Sea’ programme runs until March 2019 and covers a 36-mile stretch of coastline from Saltburn to Scalby, the majority of which is within the North York Moors National Park. This section of the coastline includes Staithes, Runswick Bay, Sandsend, Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay.

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, spectacular coast, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two visitor centres, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.9 million visitors a year.

Coastal Community Team logoThe North York Moors Rural Coastal Community Team is one of 146 local teams operating across England.

Led by the North York Moors National Park, the partnership includes the local authority and coastal communities working together to revive our seaside villages and decide where investment should be channelled.

For more information go to www.northyorkmoors.org.uk

Coastal Communities Fund

Great British Coast logoThe Great British Coast has enormous economic potential and this government is determined to see it thrive all year round.

That’s why by 2020 we will have invested over £210 million in seaside areas through a dedicated Coastal Communities Fund. 

Grants of up to £4 million are available to projects which help in generating jobs and boosting businesses across our much loved seaside areas.

So far, analysis has shown that this has been money well spent with every £1 invested having the potential to create an up to £8 boost to our coastal economies. To find out more visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coastal-communities-fund

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Or Nina Beadle, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority:
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